Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 207–218

Powering E-Learning In the New Millennium: An Overview of E-Learning and Enabling Technology

  • Dongsong Zhang
  • Jay F. Nunamaker

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022609809036

Cite this article as:
Zhang, D. & Nunamaker, J.F. Information Systems Frontiers (2003) 5: 207. doi:10.1023/A:1022609809036


In today's new economy characterized by industrial change, globalization, increased intensive competition, knowledge sharing and transfer, and information technology revolution, traditional classroom education or training does not always satisfy all the needs of the new world of lifelong learning. Learning is shifting from instructor-centered to learner-centered, and is undertaken anywhere, from classrooms to homes and offices. E-Learning, referring to learning via the Internet, provides people with a flexible and personalized way to learn. It offers learning-on-demand opportunities and reduces learning cost. This paper describes the demands for e-Learning and related research, and presents a variety of enabling technologies that can facilitate the design and implementation of e-Learning systems. Armed with the advanced information and communication technologies, e-Learning is having a far-reaching impact on learning in the new millennium.

e-Learning internet information technology lifelong learning 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongsong Zhang
    • 1
  • Jay F. Nunamaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.MIS DepartmentCenter for the Management of Information, University of ArizonaIUSA

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